The Shepherd's Hand is the community outreach arm of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. Please visit our website at https://www.shepherdshandfw.org or stop by and see us!
Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.
In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is reaching its completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Since then she has developed community partnerships as well as program and event plans alongside the members and staff of Shepherd of the City. The Shepherd's Hand celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Please contact us for more information about our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and ongoing education and health programs!
FREE DIAPER GIVEAWAY: SATURDAY JUNE 29TH
We will host our next diaper giveaway in collaboration with the Life Team at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and with the donations and support of several other local churches, including St. Peter's Lutheran and New Life Lutheran. If you are in need of diapers, or are interested in helping with our next diaper distribution event, on SATURDAY JUNE 29TH FROM 10:30AM-12:30PM, please contact Deaconess Jaseph. If your family or church would like to help make events like this possible in order to bless parents and children in our community, we are still accepting donations! If you plan to come see us to pick up diapers and would like to pre-register, please do so at www.shepherdshandfw.org. Please note that pre-registration simply speeds up your sign-in on the 29th; it does NOT mean your diapers will be held. They will still be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hope to see you there!
Our HEALing Kitchen
We are excited to be able to offer "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking classes! Thanks to the Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL) training from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health, as well as funds from the We Raise Foundation, this 8-week educational opportunity we have now offered two rounds in our new kitchen facility. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us. Click here for more information about the HEAL classes as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that are located around Fort Wayne during the summer months. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far! If you would like to know more about this class, feel free to reach out to us. Please contact Deaconess Rachel Jaseph at email@example.com for more information, and watch our website for information about our next round of classes in summer 2019!
The Shepherd's Hand will again offer homework assistance for students in grades 2-8 when Fort Wayne Community Schools reconvene in the fall. The purpose for the homework club is to offer a safe, welcoming environment to do homework, make friends, and learn about Jesus. Our volunteers are prepared to assist students struggling with course material, reinforce what they are learning through extra practice activities, and to be positive, caring role models. Students are welcome to come anytime during the club hours to finish homework, play games, and to enjoy a free snack and devotion. Watch our website for next year's dates and times. Thank you to all our volunteers and families who made the 2018/2019 school year a great one!
Want to get involved?
PRAY for us as we continue reaching out to more families and developing programs and events that would be of service to them. Pray about how you may be able to support the ministry at The Shepherd's Hand.
PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.
GIVE a donation to help sustain our current programs and assist us in expanding our efforts.
Checks may be made out to "The Shepherd's Hand" and may be mailed to 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
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To learn more about this ministry, please contact:
Deaconess Rachel Jaseph
Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center